Access

Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Torqeedo’s Deep Blue outboard motors make as much as the equivalent of 80 hp each and proponents of electric power tout their instantaneous throttle response.

The electric motor and ‘range anxiety’

When it comes to electric motors in a boat, people like the environmental friendliness. They love the super-quiet operation and even the instant torque. But one concern still looms.

Young people, with their preference for experience over product and their commitment to environmental responsibility, are a major force driving the greening of the boating world.

Green: by popular demand

The marine industry is continuing its march toward sustainability in response to consumer demand, regulations and increased efficiencies, and also because the industry depends on protecting its water and air.

Millennials are the future, both as boaters and as members of the industry that will provide the boats and services owners will need.

Making way for the kids

About 10,000 baby boomers retire every day, research shows, a trend that is opening the door for more young people and millennials to fill those roles.

New proposals that fight for conservation and the rebuilding of fish stocks have been drawn up.

The tide is turning on angling equity

After years of generating incremental awareness but little movement, the recreational saltwater fishing industry today is uniquely positioned to affect change in saltwater fisheries management.

The marine industry’s problem — and it’s a big one — is filling job opportunities, not creating them.

Workforce crisis: No easy answers

When marine dealers approached Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and said their biggest challenge was filling jobs, Gruhn sensed there was a crisis brewing.

Bob Johnstone (left) gets his certificate from National Sailing Hall of Fame vice president Jim Muldoon.

They ‘changed the face’ of sailing

Rod and Bob Johnstone independently arrived at the same conclusion 39 years ago before launching the perennially popular J/24: The wave of baby boomers who were having so much fun sailing Hobie, Sunfish and other beach boats were marrying and having children and were primed for owning a performance family keelboat.

The industry has been hard at work during the long campaign season lobbying on behalf of recreational anglers like these.

Angling lobby uses its $70B clout

In the weeks leading up to the November election, boating and fishing advocates were quietly working with transition teams of the Clinton and Trump campaigns to ensure that saltwater fishing isn’t overlooked as interest groups clamor for a spot at the table.

Thick mats of reeking algae clogged the water at Outboards Only in Jensen Beach, Fla., bringing business to a near standstill at peak season.

The great stink on Florida waters

The toxic cyanobacteria bloom began as a slime green, turned bright blue, then brown and eventually transmuted into a mass of black rot as the stench hanging over the water at Central Marine ripened from the smell of rotting garbage to putrid carcasses to feces.

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